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China: Yanhuang Chunqiu website closed down for advocating constitutionalism

The site carried a cartoon policeman holding up a badge and a message saying it had been shut down "for not registering"

The site carried a cartoon policeman holding up a badge and a message saying it had been shut down “for not registering”

Southern Weekly’s New Year message advocating constitutionalism as Chinese dream was rudely replaced by another article by provincial propaganda authorities.

Then according to SCMP report, “Yanhuang Chunqiu informed its registration ‘had been cancelled’ after publishing editorial urging implementation of constitutional rights.”

In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements”, I said that Chinese people should learn from America’s Martin Luther King Jr in using the Chinese constitution to fight for human rights and democracy. Now the two magazines’ articles indicate the commencement of such efforts. I believe Chinese people will finally win in spite of conservatives’ strong resistance.

The SCMP Report

Authorities yesterday closed down the website of the mainland’s most outspoken political magazine, Yanhuang Chunqiu, sparking fears that its call for political reform and constitutional governance has touched a raw nerve.

Chief editor Wu Si said the pro-reform publication received a text message and an e-mail from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on December 31 saying its registration “had been cancelled”, without giving a reason.

Its website, www.yhcqw.com was shut down around 9am yesterday. The site carried a cartoon policeman holding up a badge and a message saying it had been shut down “for not registering”.

Calls to the ministry went unanswered yesterday, but it issued a written response to Caixin Media saying Yanhuang Chunqiu failed to renew its registration information and the website could be reopened after an update is filed.

The website’s editor told Caixin it found out only yesterday from the Beijing Communications Administration that its registration had been invalid since August 2010.

The editorial of Yanhuang Chunqui’s New Year edition called for initiatives to “protect the constitution” and urged government action to grant citizens the rights to which they are constitutionally entitled. It said the constitution’s guarantees such as the right to dismiss national leaders and officials, the protection of human rights, and freedom of speech and publication had not been implemented.

“Comparing the constitution and the everyday reality, you will find our current system, policies, laws and the way the government behaves is far away from the constitution,” it said. “Our constitution is basically meaningless.

“In the new year and under the new leadership … we most earnestly hope that there will be concrete action in implementing the constitution.”

The editorial echoed the rhetoric of new Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping last month, when he said that without implementation, the constitution would be “just a piece of paper”.

Du Daozheng , the 89-year-old publisher of Yanhuang Chunqiu, said the closure of the website was contrary to the spirit of that remark and he did not believe the order came from Xi. The magazine’s office displays a calligraphic scroll written by Xi’s late father, Xi Zhongxun , praising the publication.

“Xi [Jinping] kept stressing the importance of the constitution,” Du said. “I don’t believe this [closure] has anything to do with the new leadership.”

The authorities also issued a warning to the magazine over an article in its December issue that mentioned late reformist leader Zhao Ziyang , its staff said.

Yanhuang Chunqiu, which often carries articles by retired officials that contest party versions of contemporary history, has come under pressure to tone down its relatively liberal content.

The authorities have tried many times to press Du, a liberal party veteran and a former government censor, to step down. Last year, he accused officials of trying to use a reform initiative to weaken the editorial independence of his publication.

Deputy publisher Yang Jisheng said that if the New Year editorial had led to the closure of the website, it would be to the magazine’s credit. “If the magazine has sacrificed itself for the sake of the constitution, then it would be an honour,” he said.

Source: SCMP “Yanhuang Chunqiu website closed down after editorial on constitution”

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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